Tagged: Health For All

NEWS: WHO: 5 Conditions for Health Equity

A new set of strategic policies and practical tools will help European governments accelerate progress towards ensuring that everyone has the ability to lead a healthy life and to prosper within as little as five years. This is the main theme under discussion at the first-ever WHO European High-level Conference on Health Equity, hosted by the Government of Slovenia in Ljubljana…

NEWS: Estonia: Alcohol Use Hits 10 Year Low

Consumption of alcohol in Estonia has decreased to the lowest level seen in a decade, reports an analysis entitled “Estonia’s alcohol market, consumption and policy in 2018.” Last year, Estonian residents consumed an average of 10.1 liters of absolute alcohol per adult. Which is the lowest reported level of consumption across the last 10 years…

NEWS: Ghana: Government Plans Alcohol Tax Hike

The Ghanaian government is planning a tax hike for health-harmful consumer products, including alcohol, tobacco and sugary beverages.
Hon. Alexander Kodwo Kom Abban, Deputy Health Minister of Ghana, explained that the planned tax hike is intended to discourage the sale and promotion of products which are causing the increase in non communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancers, strokes and heart diseases – and their risk factors, such as alcohol and tobacco…

REPORT: Alcohol Excess – Time for New Measures?

Author Helen Salisbury explores the question “when industries make money from selling products that cause harm, can we expect them to contribute meaningfully to improving public health?”, following two articles published in BMJ. The author questions the the ubiquity of alcohol in our social culture. Specially considering the harmful effects alcohol is known to cause…

REPORT: Use of Economic Evidence in Support of Policy for Funding NCD Interventions

Spending on NCD action must be done through domestic funding as well as through catalytic investments and innovative financing options such as the proposed NCD and Mental Health Catalytic Trust Fund are crucial in meeting the current needs. Health authorities can use economics to communicate challenges and solutions in a manner that resonates with other sectors…

REPORT: Youth Engagement in Global Health

Achieving the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will not be possible without the meaningful engagement of young people. This commentary explores how the power of youth engagement can be effectively amplified to address the most pressing and interconnected challenges in global health…

NEWS: UK: Sharp Rise in Suicide and other Mental Health Problems

Leading economist warns about the rise of deaths due to suicide, and alcohol and other drug abuse. These health issues are now causing more death in middle aged people than heart disease.
Sir Angus Deaton, a Nobel Prize-winning economist along with Anne Case and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), conducted an analysis on suicide, alcohol related illnesses and drug abuse or what they term ‘deaths of despair’. They found these health issues are on the rise in the UK similar to the trend seen in the U.S…

NEWS: Germany: Alcohol Harm Rising in Older People

In Germany, alcohol harm for older people is on the rise. Over a decade from 2007 to 2017 the number of older people between 65 to 84 years treated for acute alcohol intoxication increased by two thirds.The Kaufmännische Krankenkasse (KKH) reports more than 355,500 older people over 65 years suffer due to alcohol harm. The increase in acute alcohol intoxication was even higher for men. Among the 70 to 74-year-olds, it was around 95% and among the 80- to 84-year-olds more than double…